OBITUARY

Julie Ann Knudsen

March 7, 1966July 28, 2019
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Julie Ann (Salsberry) Knudsen lived her 53 years on this earth teaching all of us how to fight and sacrifice for one’s goals, she taught us how to love one another and how to say goodbye with grace, courage, and dignity. She passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. A memorial visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2019 at Ss. John and Paul Parish in Altoona. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with a family burial at Resthaven Cemetery.

Julie was born March 7, 1966, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines to Tom and Darlene Salsberry. She was a fierce competitor which served her well as she grew into a star athlete for the Melcher-Dallas Saints. Following high school in 1984, Julie graduated from the medical secretary program at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. After graduating, she began her career as a medical transcriptionist with OB/GYN Associates, and stayed with that group her entire career before her 12 year battle with cancer, forced her to resign in early 2018.

Friends and family were everything to Julie, and those of us here will miss her so much. Julie is survived by her parents; children, Kelsey, Cassady, and Cole; sister, Christi Dhabalt; brother, Steven (Cynthia) Salsberry; and many other family members.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Julie Knudsen Trust Memorial Fund, Unity Point Hospice - Taylor House, or Ss. John and Paul Parish in Altoona, where she was a member.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 3, 2019

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Biography

Born March 7, 1966 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines to parents Tom and Darlene Salsberry of Melcher, Iowa, Julie Ann was the third of three, the ‘baby’ to us all. Julie developed into a fierce competitor as she grew into a star athlete for the Melcher-Dallas Saints, first as an eight-grader starting in right field for the varsity softball team, and later as an All-conference second baseman where she was a leader with her glove and her bat.

Following high school graduation in 1984, Julie graduated from the medical secretary program at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. After graduating in August of 1985, she began her career as a medical transcriptionist with OB/GYN Associates, and stayed with that group her entire 33-year career before the cancer she fought for over 12 years, forced her to resign in early 2018. She was fortunate to have worked with such great doctors and staff, many of whom she called a ‘friend.’

As anyone knows, Julie has many friends, each of whom shared their own bond with her. Yet family was everything to Julie, and is survived by her parents, Tom and Darlene, children Kelsey, Cassady, and Cole, older sister, Christi Dhabalt, and older brother Steven & wife Cynthia, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

It is s no secret that Julie shared her closest familial bonds with her beloved three children: Kelsey Ann Knudsen, a 3-year graduate of Iowa State University and now an event planner in Minneapolis, MN; Cassady Lyn Knudsen, a former standout SEC pitcher for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs in Starkville, MS; and Julie’s ‘baby,’ Cole Thomas Knudsen, a recent Southeast Polk High School graduate and future engineering student heading to Iowa State University. These three young adults were her passion in life, and Julie leaves with them her legacy of competitive spirit, propelling each in their own successful lives. One of Julie’s end-of-life goals was to see Cole graduate from high school. A simple goal that many might take for granted is all that Julie wanted in the end, and she proudly achieved that goal.

During her last couple of years, Julie enjoyed witnessing Kelsey mature as a young woman and establishing her career in the Twin Cities. Julie traveled to many of Cassady’s MSU softball games in “Starkvegas” and in other SEC strongholds, nervously watching Cassady flame batters and setting records, and later witnessing her picked No. 1 in a pro softball draft. Julie also enjoyed watching Cole on the bowling and rugby teams and seeing him grow into a strong, confident, and determined young man with a bright future. Finally, Julie enjoyed Her new kitchen, listening to songbirds, and watching bunnies and squirrels outside her kitchen windows. She adored her loyal dog, Sophie, who sat up next to her in bed as Julie slept.

Julie lived her 53 years on this earth teaching all of us how to fight and sacrifice for one’s goals, she taught us how to love one another and how to say goodbye with grace, courage, and dignity. Julie preplanned most phases of her life and her death, which came late on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Taylor House Hospice. If desired, you may donate to the Julie Knudsen Trust Memorial Fund, or Unity Point Hospice - Taylor House.